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For most of the last year I’ve been too preoccupied with other matters to spend much time working on the software of our small webzine, which therefore remained largedly unchanged. But I’ve now spent the last week or two cleaning up the commenting archives and also adding some powerful new features, partly inspired by suggestions from various commenters.

From the beginning I’ve always regarded the comments as an absolutely crucial element of the informational value our website offers, and with the total volume of such discussion now having passed a million comments containing close to a hundred million words, the case seems stronger than ever. For featured articles, the total size of the comment-thread almost invariably surpasses that of the piece itself, quite often by a factor of ten or more. The dispersion in the quality of comments is absolutely enormous, with participants ranging from the ignorant, fanatical, or crazy to the exceptionally erudite and persuasive; and I’m sure every single commenter strongly agrees with this characterization, though differing on exactly which is which.

Furthermore, as more and more mainstream web outlets heavily moderate or censor their comments, or add the stifling requirement of a Facebook login, our “free speech” zone of lightly moderated and pseudonymous comments on contentious issues lacking any registration requirement may represent an increasingly attractive port in the ideological storm. However the sheer volume and diversity of the opinions expressed on our website represents a challenge as well as an opportunity, with quite a number of readers expressing their increasing frustration in coping with comment-threads that can frequently grow to two hundred or more entries, many of which seem to be worthless clutter, devoid of any value.

Suggestions were made to implement a comment-voting system, but I’ve always rejected such popularity-contests, which would probably spark a further increase in ideological gang-warfare, and I was glad to see that many longtime commenters shared my doubts. Instead, I believe that some of my current software enhancements achieve many of the same benefits while avoiding the huge pitfalls.

  • Requiring Commenters to Use a Single, Unique Handle (or Using Anonymous/Anon for Greater Anonymity)

These new features rely heavily upon the ability to organize comments by a commenter’s unique handle, and therefore required quite a lot of work in that regard. For the last couple of years, I’ve endlessly emphasized that although our webzine has very loose commenting restrictions, one of the few absolutes is the prohibition of “shape-shifting” or “sock-puppetry,” whereby a particular commenter using multiple handles to hide his identity—commenters who temporarily or permanently seek greater anonymity have always welcome to use Anonymous/Anon. Although the vast majority of regular commenters properly complied with these guidelines, I’ve now turned my fulminations into practice by spending several days cleaning up the comment archives and appropriately dealing with the relatively small number of misbehaving individuals by merging all their old comments, generally under their most recent or most common handle.

Although the number of comments effected was relatively small—perhaps 3-4% of the total—the violations of some commenters was remarkably egregious, with a certain “Priss Factor” having published 8400 comments under a total of 397 (!!!) different handles that I managed to locate and merge, plus presumably many others that I failed to detect. Other commenters, including several notorious “trolls” had each employed at least a couple of dozen or more aliases. I still have some additional filtering and merging to do, but I think the bulk of the process has now been completed.

As mentioned, commenters may always freely use “Anonymous” or “Anon” as handles, but such comments are likely to be taken less seriously by readers. Use of a distinct handle is a privilege not a right, and single-use handles will soon be marked as such, while being eventually converted to “Anonymous” in the archives to discourage such drive-by commenting. I’ve also implemented various checks to make it much more difficult for commenters to casually change their handles let alone attempt to false-flag another commenter by stealing his identity. Obviously, since our website does not require registration, any substantially motivated individual could easily circumvent these defenses, but such simple checks should be sufficient to discourage casual misbehavior.

My website philosophy holds that commenters should reserve their wit and creativity for the content of their comments rather than their handle, and I regard the heavy use of punctuation in handles as a serious distraction, which has now been largely eliminated. A few punctuation marks—periods, commas, dashes, underscores, slashes, and parentheses—were either appropriate or too already too widespread for me to conveniently remove, but most other punctuation marks in handles has now been replaced, with future use prohibited.

  • Ignoring or Following Comments by Commenter Handle

The motivation for this strict One Handle rule should become apparent based on the powerful new comment filtering features I’ve now added.

First, the longtime “Commenters To Ignore” feature has now been joined by a “Commenters To Follow” option, which has serves an exactly opposite purpose. Adding commenters to your CTF list allows the contributions of those individuals to be easily located within the mass of ordinary comments in a variety of different ways.

First, in any comment-thread, CTF comments are indicated by a golden border around the commenter’s name, easily highlighting them when scrolling through a long thread. Also, pressing the “Endorsed Only” button near the top of a comment-thread temporarily displays only those comments by CTF Commenters or those have Agrees, Disagrees, or LOLs, greatly reducing the chaff of a thread that may contain hundreds of items.

Perhaps even more importantly, all comments by CTF commenters may be separately examined by going to the “Followed Commenters” section of the main Comments Archive page, accessible by clicking the “Comments” link in the top menu. Within the Comments Archive page, the CTF comments may be filtered or stratified in a wide variety of ways, including by date, article topic, or article author. Essentially all other ways of filtering comments may be combined with the CTF filter. Among other things, this easily allows readers to catch up on the most recent comments by their favorite CTF commenters.

Taken together, these features further establish the dualization of the website, with commenters being increasingly placed on an near-equal footing with writers, columnists, and bloggers. Given that the total output of several commenters have now passed the one million word mark, this is not an unreasonable goal. Although “Priss Factor” may have preferred to keep his(?) comments under their 397 separate handles, merging them together puts the total verbiage at a remarkable 1.5 million words, easily placing “Priss Factor” in first place among all commenters and ahead of nearly all our main writers and columnists.

  • Easily Modifying Your CTI and CTF Lists

Given the growing importance of both the CTI and CTF features, I’ve also made it much easier to modify those selections. Although each list may still be accessed and edited by the popup buttons at the top of all comment threads, there’s now a much easier method, available everywhere within a thread. If you press the Agree/Disagree button for any comment, the popup that opens includes buttons labeled “Ignore Commenter” and “Follow Commenter” that immediately add that particular commenter to the particular lists in question. And if a commenter is already on the CTI list, that same popup would instead display an “Un-Ignore Commenter” button; similarly, commenters on the CTF list offer an “Un-Follow Commenter” button. Such convenient button access should make it extremely easy to build up considerable CTI and CTF lists on the fly, assigning particular commenters while reading through a long and contentious thread.

All of these CTI and CTF lists are user/device-specific, and saved in a permanent cookie in your browser. Unfortunately, the combined size of all of a website cookies cannot exceed 4K, and since the new Add/Remove buttons would allow the easy production of enormously long CTI and CTF lists, I’ve now restricted the combined total to no more than 99 commenter handles.

  • Exploring the Archives of a Particular Commenter

Just as before, clicking the name of a given commenter transfers you to the total archive of comments by that individual (although the URL format has slightly changed). However, just like the CTF comments, an individual’s comments may now be filtered or stratified by date, article topic, or article author, allowing a commenter’s views and opinions to be much more fully explored. As a couple of examples, here are the 2015 comments of “Priss Factor” on articles by Peter Lee and the comments of “Dave Pinsen” on pieces tagged with the “Donald Trump” Topic:

http://www.unz.com/comments/author/peter-lee/2015/?commenterfilter=Priss+Factor

http://www.unz.com/comments/topic/donald-trump/?commenterfilter=Dave+Pinsen

These sorts of links are easily accessible from the Author and Topic Boxes of the particular commenter’s archive page.

Anyway, I think most users will find these new commenting features a welcome means of navigating the long and convoluted discussions occurring in our small webzine. And please alert me to the problems you will surely encounter in such a complex package of software changes, or any additional suggestions you might have.

  • Avoiding Use of Ethnic/Racial Slurs and Profanity

Finally, I must repeat my recent warnings that commenters are strongly advised to avoid the use of ethnic/racial slurs and profanity, which is certainly not required to convey even the most controversial and inflammatory perspectives and can be offputting to readers. I’m pleased to note that the former seem to have been greatly reduced, but recently there has been a sharp rise in profanity, especially associated with angry exchanges on 9/11 issues.

While profanity is not strictly prohibited, as I warned, comments containing it stand a serious risk of being trashed rather than published. Do you really want to produce a highly substantive and detailed 500 word critique and then see it lost, disappearing into the ether forever, simply because you chose to include one or more totally unnecessary words? The risk and choice is entirely yours, but you have been warned, and perhaps a widespread wave of such trashings is the easiest way to deter of demonstrating the folly of violating such simple rules.

 
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  1. benjaminl says:

    Thank you, Mr. Unz, for these further improvements to what is already by far the best discussion forum on the web.

    My personal favorite commenters (in addition to Steve, Razib and Ron) are:

    vinteuil
    slumber_j
    manton
    Hunsdon
    Crawfurdmuir
    Auntie Analogue

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    AgreeDisagreeLOLTroll
    These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Troll, or LOL with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used once per hour.
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  2. OT: Ron Unz was interviewed by phone on Boston’s WBUR Here & Now regarding California’s Proposition 58. The principal at a dual immersion elementary school said that the kids won’t exhibit gains in their new languages until the upper grades or high school.

    http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2016/10/26/california-dual-language-programs

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  3. Pericles says:

    Do you really want to produce a highly substantive and detailed 500 word critique and then see it lost, disappearing into the ether forever, simply because you chose to include one or more totally unnecessary words?

    “Oh fuck!”

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    • Replies: @John Jeremiah Smith

    “Oh fuck!”
     
    No problem. Nobody ever reads announcements anyway.
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  4. Kyle a says:

    Priss factor is just misunderstood.

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    • Replies: @BucephalusXYZ
    I don't know if you're serious or not, but I do recall reading some stuff by Priss Factor that was worth thinking about. I think a lot of trollers sometimes have stuff that is worth thinking about, even if they also post some junk.
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  5. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    “a certain “Priss Factor” having published 8400 comments under a total of 397 (!!!) different handles that I managed to locate and merge, plus presumably many others that I failed to detect”

    I am shocked, truly shocked, that such a nasty deplorable troll was cluttering up this fine webzine(prsenting insightful alternative view of so many thoughtful writers)with so much useless and crazy nonsense.
    I think we can all agree that such behavior is absolutely unacceptable. After all, free speech isn’t the same thing as crazy psycho-babble by someone who belongs in an institute.

    Kudos to Ron Unz for ferreting out the loon, and let us hope he/she/it never returns.

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    Kudos to Ron Unz for ferreting out the loon, and let us hope he/she/it never returns.
     
    Thanks for the strong statement of support, "Anon." But I'd think that even "Priss Factor" would also find it useful to have his/her/its 1.5 million words of lengthy comments grouped together under a single handle, so as to be conveniently accessible, and organized by date and article author.

    I should have mentioned that "Priss Factor" also published a huge amount of commentary under "Anon" but it remains inaccessible under that other handle.
    , @Mark Green
    Allow me to say that Priss often had some very interesting and entertaining insights. I hope that he doesn't leave UNZ altogether. Then again, I'm not entirely familiar with a good many of his identities.
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  6. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    “Avoiding Use of Ethnic/Racial Slurs and Profanity”

    Would it count as racial/ethnic slur if the commenter made up his/her own terms of endearment for certain racial, ethnic, national, or sexual groups?

    Suppose someone refers to Muslims as mussy-tots?

    ‘Mussy-tots’ isn’t officially a slur. It’s just creative ethnic label in the Age of Creativity.

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  7. Diogenes says:

    A valuable and worthwhile comment platform; thanks for adding those thoughtful improvements, keep up the good work!

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  8. Ron Unz says:
    @Anon
    "a certain “Priss Factor” having published 8400 comments under a total of 397 (!!!) different handles that I managed to locate and merge, plus presumably many others that I failed to detect"

    I am shocked, truly shocked, that such a nasty deplorable troll was cluttering up this fine webzine(prsenting insightful alternative view of so many thoughtful writers)with so much useless and crazy nonsense.
    I think we can all agree that such behavior is absolutely unacceptable. After all, free speech isn't the same thing as crazy psycho-babble by someone who belongs in an institute.

    Kudos to Ron Unz for ferreting out the loon, and let us hope he/she/it never returns.

    Kudos to Ron Unz for ferreting out the loon, and let us hope he/she/it never returns.

    Thanks for the strong statement of support, “Anon.” But I’d think that even “Priss Factor” would also find it useful to have his/her/its 1.5 million words of lengthy comments grouped together under a single handle, so as to be conveniently accessible, and organized by date and article author.

    I should have mentioned that “Priss Factor” also published a huge amount of commentary under “Anon” but it remains inaccessible under that other handle.

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    Thanks for the strong statement of support, “Anon.”
    .....
    I should have mentioned that “Priss Factor” also published a huge amount of commentary under “Anon” but it remains inaccessible under that other handle.

     
    uuuhhh, I hate to tell you, but I think that was him just now (well 9 months back). It sure read like it would have been PF with that "shocked, shocked" bit.

    He was messing with you, and it was kinda funny at that!
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  9. @Pericles

    Do you really want to produce a highly substantive and detailed 500 word critique and then see it lost, disappearing into the ether forever, simply because you chose to include one or more totally unnecessary words?

     

    "Oh fuck!"

    “Oh fuck!”

    No problem. Nobody ever reads announcements anyway.

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  10. Do you really want to produce a highly substantive and detailed 500 word critique and then see it lost, disappearing into the ether forever, simply because you chose to include one or more totally unnecessary words?

    Little Susie was a very intelligent 4-year-old. Her mother wanted to get her into kindergarten early, so as not to slow down Susie’s potential. She made an impassioned presentation to the kindergarten teacher, whose approval was required in order to admit little Susie.

    “She’s very precocious!” cried Susie’s mom, “Just test her!”
    “Well, I don’t know, ” muttered the teacher, “Susie, can you say a few words for me?”
    Susie eyed the teacher coldly for a moment, turned to her mother and remarked, “Purely irrelevant words?”

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  11. Whoever says:

    Stray thought: While you are making all these really great improvements to your website, what about adding a messenger (chat) application? It might be very interesting to have a real time conversation when things like the candidate debates are happening. It would also be cool if from time to time your bloggers stopped in to chat with their readers.

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    It would also be cool if from time to time your bloggers stopped in to chat with their readers.
     
    "Do you really want to produce a highly substantive and detailed 500 word [chat] and then see it lost, disappearing into the ether forever, simply because you chose to include [several dozen] or more totally unnecessary words?"
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  12. @Whoever
    Stray thought: While you are making all these really great improvements to your website, what about adding a messenger (chat) application? It might be very interesting to have a real time conversation when things like the candidate debates are happening. It would also be cool if from time to time your bloggers stopped in to chat with their readers.

    It would also be cool if from time to time your bloggers stopped in to chat with their readers.

    “Do you really want to produce a highly substantive and detailed 500 word [chat] and then see it lost, disappearing into the ether forever, simply because you chose to include [several dozen] or more totally unnecessary words?”

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    Well, I can't imagine anyone making a 500-word chat post--it's a conversation, after all.
    In any case, I think most chat widgets offer auto-moderation--Chatango and CBox do, anyway. I just thought adding live chat might be fun. Some of the posters here seem to be very interesting and articulate and it would be nice to actually talk to them.
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  13. Whoever says:
    @John Jeremiah Smith

    It would also be cool if from time to time your bloggers stopped in to chat with their readers.
     
    "Do you really want to produce a highly substantive and detailed 500 word [chat] and then see it lost, disappearing into the ether forever, simply because you chose to include [several dozen] or more totally unnecessary words?"

    Well, I can’t imagine anyone making a 500-word chat post–it’s a conversation, after all.
    In any case, I think most chat widgets offer auto-moderation–Chatango and CBox do, anyway. I just thought adding live chat might be fun. Some of the posters here seem to be very interesting and articulate and it would be nice to actually talk to them.

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    I just thought adding live chat might be fun. Some of the posters here seem to be very interesting and articulate and it would be nice to actually talk to them.
     
    I disagree, but opinions do vary. I believe you would find out, and quickly, that chat-mode is no way to carry on an intelligent and reasoned dialog. I base my opinion on my years of sponsoring and participating in on-line discussion, in various forms. "Chat" is invariably the least productive.
    , @Jim Christian
    No, most are boorish, inarticulate and/or drunk. Those articulate pieces you see are plagiarized or re-written after they're sober again. Don't break the ice, leave it the fuck alone.
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  14. @Anon
    "a certain “Priss Factor” having published 8400 comments under a total of 397 (!!!) different handles that I managed to locate and merge, plus presumably many others that I failed to detect"

    I am shocked, truly shocked, that such a nasty deplorable troll was cluttering up this fine webzine(prsenting insightful alternative view of so many thoughtful writers)with so much useless and crazy nonsense.
    I think we can all agree that such behavior is absolutely unacceptable. After all, free speech isn't the same thing as crazy psycho-babble by someone who belongs in an institute.

    Kudos to Ron Unz for ferreting out the loon, and let us hope he/she/it never returns.

    Allow me to say that Priss often had some very interesting and entertaining insights. I hope that he doesn’t leave UNZ altogether. Then again, I’m not entirely familiar with a good many of his identities.

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  15. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Suggestions were made to implement a comment-voting system, but I’ve always rejected such popularity-contests, which would probably spark a further increase in ideological gang-warfare, and I was glad to see that many longtime commenters shared my doubts.

    Voting systems serve two purposes: they install mobocracy in a comments section; they increase ad revenues.

    and I regard the heavy use of punctuation in handles as a serious distraction, which has now been largely eliminated. A few punctuation marks—periods, commas, dashes, underscores, slashes, and parentheses—were either appropriate or too already too widespread for me to conveniently remove, but most other punctuation marks in handles has now been replaced, with future use prohibited.

    This would never come from a humanist, and it would never come not from a scientist/computer programmer.
    There’s nothing to do about it: what can’t be coded into series of 0s and 1s distresses you guys.
    What escapes the borders of linear logic distresses you guys. You don’t understand it due to the hyper-logical frame of your mind; and it’s too hard to allow of what we don’t understand, is it not.

    So, Unz: open borders, free trade, non-free, restricted-choice screen-names: that makes for a complete policy, now.

    Yes transactions, no distractions.

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    I regard the heavy use of punctuation in handles as a serious distraction

     

    Example list of forbidden handles:

    ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)
    ( •̀ω•́ )
    (/) (°,,,°) (/)
    (=^_^=)
    O-('.'Q)
    *
    @xxxx[{::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::>

    Still allowed:

    ( . Y . )
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  16. I was just checking out the new features by trying to take a look – for the first time – at my archived material. I’ve already communicated with Mr. Unz about this but that pesky \ feature (I’m assuming that it’s an indicator of unix programming somewhere deep down, that’s needed to handle “special characters”.) is still interfering with access to commenters whose user names include special characters, e.g. ‘, @, $ etc.

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    I’ve already communicated with Mr. Unz about this but that pesky \ feature (I’m assuming that it’s an indicator of unix programming somewhere deep down, that’s needed to handle “special characters”.) is still interfering with access to commenters whose user names include special characters, e.g. ‘, @, $ etc.
     
    Fixed. Thanks for letting me know:

    http://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Jus%27+Sayin%27...

    That's exactly the sort of reason I tried to get rid of as many of the special punctuation marks as I could in commenter handles, but using single quotes is totally reasonable.
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  17. John Jeremiah Smith [AKA "MCPO USN"] says:
    @Whoever
    Well, I can't imagine anyone making a 500-word chat post--it's a conversation, after all.
    In any case, I think most chat widgets offer auto-moderation--Chatango and CBox do, anyway. I just thought adding live chat might be fun. Some of the posters here seem to be very interesting and articulate and it would be nice to actually talk to them.

    I just thought adding live chat might be fun. Some of the posters here seem to be very interesting and articulate and it would be nice to actually talk to them.

    I disagree, but opinions do vary. I believe you would find out, and quickly, that chat-mode is no way to carry on an intelligent and reasoned dialog. I base my opinion on my years of sponsoring and participating in on-line discussion, in various forms. “Chat” is invariably the least productive.

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    Chat-mode is no way to carry on an intelligent and reasoned dialog.
     
    No, it's not. It's for...you know...chatting. It's not meant to be "productive," it's meant to be fun and a way to get to know people better. I've been participating in chats since high school and have made friends whom I've never met in all those years, yet still keep in touch with and value.
    I visit assorted websites that maintain serious and erudite comment sections full of well-cited expositions and mini essays. They also have chat widgets. The chats are fun, interesting, full of banter, jokes and gifs as well as personal revelations and the occasional profound insight. They're for tavern talk, bar BS-ing and after-work hanging out.
    This site is social/political entertainment that educates in an informal way. It occurred to me that a chat widget might enhance the experience and help create visitor loyalty.
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  18. iffen says:

    Excellent improvements R. Unz.

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  19. A little OT suggestion for Mr. Unz:

    Have you ever thought of adding some kind of news section to your Review? I mean a collection of bullet points with attached stories from around the world, the way Google does it, but without their bias.

    This would require a staff or assistant of some kind, I’m sure, but it would be a valuable service.

    I wish I could go somewhere on the net to find out what’s happening without worrying that mainstream bias is leaving out things I’d like to know about. You already go far in solving this problem for me, but you don’t really cover the events of the day or week the way a news service would.

    This is a lot to ask, but maybe it’s something you would find worthwhile to pursue. It’s just my dream. You see, I trust you.

    (If there is anywhere else I can go to get this, something that already exists, let me know.)

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    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    Have you tried

    http://qwiket.com/

    or

    http://qwiket.com/usconservative

    ?
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  20. Talha says:

    Solid stuff Mr. Unz – as stated by others, you run a great site!

    Peace.

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  21. @Anonymous

    Suggestions were made to implement a comment-voting system, but I’ve always rejected such popularity-contests, which would probably spark a further increase in ideological gang-warfare, and I was glad to see that many longtime commenters shared my doubts.
     
    Voting systems serve two purposes: they install mobocracy in a comments section; they increase ad revenues.

    and I regard the heavy use of punctuation in handles as a serious distraction, which has now been largely eliminated. A few punctuation marks—periods, commas, dashes, underscores, slashes, and parentheses—were either appropriate or too already too widespread for me to conveniently remove, but most other punctuation marks in handles has now been replaced, with future use prohibited.
     
    This would never come from a humanist, and it would never come not from a scientist/computer programmer.
    There's nothing to do about it: what can't be coded into series of 0s and 1s distresses you guys.
    What escapes the borders of linear logic distresses you guys. You don't understand it due to the hyper-logical frame of your mind; and it's too hard to allow of what we don't understand, is it not.

    So, Unz: open borders, free trade, non-free, restricted-choice screen-names: that makes for a complete policy, now.

    Yes transactions, no distractions.

    I regard the heavy use of punctuation in handles as a serious distraction

    Example list of forbidden handles:

    ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)
    ( •̀ω•́ )
    (/) (°,,,°) (/)
    (=^_^=)
    O-(‘.’Q)
    *
    @xxxx[{::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::>

    Still allowed:

    ( . Y . )

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  22. Ron Unz says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...
    I was just checking out the new features by trying to take a look - for the first time - at my archived material. I've already communicated with Mr. Unz about this but that pesky \ feature (I'm assuming that it's an indicator of unix programming somewhere deep down, that's needed to handle "special characters".) is still interfering with access to commenters whose user names include special characters, e.g. ', @, $ etc.

    I’ve already communicated with Mr. Unz about this but that pesky \ feature (I’m assuming that it’s an indicator of unix programming somewhere deep down, that’s needed to handle “special characters”.) is still interfering with access to commenters whose user names include special characters, e.g. ‘, @, $ etc.

    Fixed. Thanks for letting me know:

    http://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Jus%27+Sayin%27…

    That’s exactly the sort of reason I tried to get rid of as many of the special punctuation marks as I could in commenter handles, but using single quotes is totally reasonable.

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    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
    Thanks so much, Mr. Unz. I really appreciate the amount of work that you've put into keeping this site going. It's the first info source I look at every day and I check several times a day for updates. I cannot thank you enough.

    I've also told you this in private communications but I just want to say it once more publicly: Anyone who's paid a modicum of attention to more than a few of my posts knows that I'm a pretty hard-assed, beyond-paleo conservative. But as a result of regularly reading all your commenters my positions on several issues have shifted so far to the left over the past several years, that many friends have remarked on the change. Clearly, at least in my case, your blog is working as you hoped.
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  23. @Ron Unz

    I’ve already communicated with Mr. Unz about this but that pesky \ feature (I’m assuming that it’s an indicator of unix programming somewhere deep down, that’s needed to handle “special characters”.) is still interfering with access to commenters whose user names include special characters, e.g. ‘, @, $ etc.
     
    Fixed. Thanks for letting me know:

    http://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Jus%27+Sayin%27...

    That's exactly the sort of reason I tried to get rid of as many of the special punctuation marks as I could in commenter handles, but using single quotes is totally reasonable.

    Thanks so much, Mr. Unz. I really appreciate the amount of work that you’ve put into keeping this site going. It’s the first info source I look at every day and I check several times a day for updates. I cannot thank you enough.

    I’ve also told you this in private communications but I just want to say it once more publicly: Anyone who’s paid a modicum of attention to more than a few of my posts knows that I’m a pretty hard-assed, beyond-paleo conservative. But as a result of regularly reading all your commenters my positions on several issues have shifted so far to the left over the past several years, that many friends have remarked on the change. Clearly, at least in my case, your blog is working as you hoped.

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    Anyone who’s paid a modicum of attention to more than a few of my posts knows that I’m a pretty hard-assed, beyond-paleo conservative.
     
    Most don't think of you at all..Ha! Drama, drama..

    https://youtu.be/LlOSdRMSG_k

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  24. @Whoever
    Well, I can't imagine anyone making a 500-word chat post--it's a conversation, after all.
    In any case, I think most chat widgets offer auto-moderation--Chatango and CBox do, anyway. I just thought adding live chat might be fun. Some of the posters here seem to be very interesting and articulate and it would be nice to actually talk to them.

    No, most are boorish, inarticulate and/or drunk. Those articulate pieces you see are plagiarized or re-written after they’re sober again. Don’t break the ice, leave it the fuck alone.

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    No, most are boorish, inarticulate and/or drunk. Those articulate pieces you see are plagiarized or re-written after they’re sober again. Don’t break the ice, leave it the fuck alone.
     
    To take a cue from Dr. McCoy .... but JIM!!!
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  25. @Jus' Sayin'...
    Thanks so much, Mr. Unz. I really appreciate the amount of work that you've put into keeping this site going. It's the first info source I look at every day and I check several times a day for updates. I cannot thank you enough.

    I've also told you this in private communications but I just want to say it once more publicly: Anyone who's paid a modicum of attention to more than a few of my posts knows that I'm a pretty hard-assed, beyond-paleo conservative. But as a result of regularly reading all your commenters my positions on several issues have shifted so far to the left over the past several years, that many friends have remarked on the change. Clearly, at least in my case, your blog is working as you hoped.

    Anyone who’s paid a modicum of attention to more than a few of my posts knows that I’m a pretty hard-assed, beyond-paleo conservative.

    Most don’t think of you at all..Ha! Drama, drama..

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  26. Whoever says:
    @John Jeremiah Smith

    I just thought adding live chat might be fun. Some of the posters here seem to be very interesting and articulate and it would be nice to actually talk to them.
     
    I disagree, but opinions do vary. I believe you would find out, and quickly, that chat-mode is no way to carry on an intelligent and reasoned dialog. I base my opinion on my years of sponsoring and participating in on-line discussion, in various forms. "Chat" is invariably the least productive.

    Chat-mode is no way to carry on an intelligent and reasoned dialog.

    No, it’s not. It’s for…you know…chatting. It’s not meant to be “productive,” it’s meant to be fun and a way to get to know people better. I’ve been participating in chats since high school and have made friends whom I’ve never met in all those years, yet still keep in touch with and value.
    I visit assorted websites that maintain serious and erudite comment sections full of well-cited expositions and mini essays. They also have chat widgets. The chats are fun, interesting, full of banter, jokes and gifs as well as personal revelations and the occasional profound insight. They’re for tavern talk, bar BS-ing and after-work hanging out.
    This site is social/political entertainment that educates in an informal way. It occurred to me that a chat widget might enhance the experience and help create visitor loyalty.

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    No, it’s not. It’s for…you know…chatting. It’s not meant to be “productive,” it’s meant to be fun and a way to get to know people better.
     
    Saints alive and tarnation!! I'm agin it!
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  27. I like this site a lot. Especially the clarity and functionality of it. I know of none better.

    Thanks.

    PS

    The dispersion in the quality of comments is absolutely enormous, with participants ranging from the ignorant, fanatical, or crazy to the exceptionally erudite and persuasive; and I’m sure every single commenter strongly agrees with this characterization, though differing on exactly which is which.

    There’s poeple below this level of differentiation, though, who don’t intend to argue at all but just act out with words; mostly trying to hurt somebody. Persons who lack the communal view.

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  28. Ivy says:

    Consider some added standards from the field of academic journals, if only to continue to nudge the website toward more substance and less emoting.

    https://scholarlyoa.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/criteria-2015.pdf

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  29. John Jeremiah Smith [AKA "MCPO USN"] says:
    @Whoever

    Chat-mode is no way to carry on an intelligent and reasoned dialog.
     
    No, it's not. It's for...you know...chatting. It's not meant to be "productive," it's meant to be fun and a way to get to know people better. I've been participating in chats since high school and have made friends whom I've never met in all those years, yet still keep in touch with and value.
    I visit assorted websites that maintain serious and erudite comment sections full of well-cited expositions and mini essays. They also have chat widgets. The chats are fun, interesting, full of banter, jokes and gifs as well as personal revelations and the occasional profound insight. They're for tavern talk, bar BS-ing and after-work hanging out.
    This site is social/political entertainment that educates in an informal way. It occurred to me that a chat widget might enhance the experience and help create visitor loyalty.

    No, it’s not. It’s for…you know…chatting. It’s not meant to be “productive,” it’s meant to be fun and a way to get to know people better.

    Saints alive and tarnation!! I’m agin it!

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  30. John Jeremiah Smith [AKA "MCPO USN"] says:
    @Jim Christian
    No, most are boorish, inarticulate and/or drunk. Those articulate pieces you see are plagiarized or re-written after they're sober again. Don't break the ice, leave it the fuck alone.

    No, most are boorish, inarticulate and/or drunk. Those articulate pieces you see are plagiarized or re-written after they’re sober again. Don’t break the ice, leave it the fuck alone.

    To take a cue from Dr. McCoy …. but JIM!!!

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  31. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Since pop culture , movies, and even videogames(gah!!!) are so important in our culture(and have profound impact on how people think), I think unz.com should have an arts & culture section.

    It doesn’t have to be controlled by any single blogger even though Steve Sailer sometimes does reviews movies.

    Instead, Unz.com should have an open thread forum about the movies, music, arts, culture, fiction, and even videogames(gah!!) that are having an impact on the national discourse. Whatever happens to be the Talk of the Town.

    Also, Unz.com can ask commenters to contribute info on what they believe to be neglected by the culture at large.

    Consider how Ebert and Siskel saved My Dinner with Andre Rublev from oblivion by reviewing on their show.

    How important is pop culture to the American Reality?

    Consider this Wikileaks entry:

    http://www.infowars.com/wikileaks-email-hillary-campaign-struggles-to-reach-fking-dumb-young-people/

    Suppose every week, Unz.com has an open thread section on the movie, book, music album, art buzz, theater(or musical theater), or some such.

    I think it will be lively because people get most worked up about arts and culture than about reality. Indeed, it is the OTHER reality.

    It is sure to increase traffic to Unz.com since even non-political people wanna discuss arts, music, pop culture, books, and stuff.

    Example:

    An Open Thread Arts & Culture Forum features TWILIGHT for discussion. The site may or may not give a brief summary of what the movie is about and what the current discourse or controversy is all about, and how it relates to society as a whole for good or ill.

    ————-

    or maybe Unz.com should add a page 3 feature.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Page_3

    Each week, it will feature one of the Unz.com bloggers or writers to pose in semi-nude.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=british+tabloid+page+3&espv=2&biw=1680&bih=944&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjiuab-3P7PAhXk6YMKHVtkCygQ_AUIBigB&dpr=1

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  32. My compliments to Ron Unz as usual, coupled with some amazement at all he manages to do.

    A couple of stray thoughts. One, I have a vague feeling that I used another moniker a couple of years ago on this site, but can’t remember what it might have been. Is there now a way of checking?

    And secondly, the issue of a chat function reminds me: this election cycle I’ve had to give up the MSM outlets I’m used to turning to for immediate world events, and this includes the Google News aggregator. Which, after all, pretty much collects ‘approved’ news and isn’t remotely free of bias, though many believe it must be since it’s run by a computer program. (And as we all know, computer programs write themselves.)

    So, can anyone here recommend a better place to go for up-to-the-minute headlines? I frequent this place, Taki’s, VDARE, and a few other sites but none of these carries breaking news. Is RT worthwhile? The Daily Mail sometimes suffices but is given over mainly to silly celebrity updates and sensationalism. Any suggestions?

    Apologies for the digression.

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    So, can anyone here recommend a better place to go for up-to-the-minute headlines?
     
    Unfortunately, no. When Reuters is not on a pro-1% tear, reuters.com is not super awful bad for domestic news (but still controlled by money). RT is still best for international news. Al-Jazeera is down-the-tubes.
    , @Ron Unz

    A couple of stray thoughts. One, I have a vague feeling that I used another moniker a couple of years ago on this site, but can’t remember what it might have been. Is there now a way of checking?
     
    Thanks---it's very nice that at least some commenters are interested in their convenient access to all their old comments.

    A quick check showed that my filtering tools had located and merged a half-dozen of your short comments made under three different handles on 7/3/2014, so at least those very early comments should already be available in your commenting archive. In those sorts of small cases, I didn't bother triggering an "AKA" string.

    On another matter, since several individuals brought up the idea of a "Chat" utility, maybe I'll look into it.
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  33. iffen says:

    Each week, it will feature one of the Unz.com bloggers or writers to pose in semi-nude.

    Can Mercer be the feature for the first ten weeks?

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  34. John Jeremiah Smith [AKA "MCPO USN"] says:
    @Kyle McKenna
    My compliments to Ron Unz as usual, coupled with some amazement at all he manages to do.

    A couple of stray thoughts. One, I have a vague feeling that I used another moniker a couple of years ago on this site, but can't remember what it might have been. Is there now a way of checking?

    And secondly, the issue of a chat function reminds me: this election cycle I've had to give up the MSM outlets I'm used to turning to for immediate world events, and this includes the Google News aggregator. Which, after all, pretty much collects 'approved' news and isn't remotely free of bias, though many believe it must be since it's run by a computer program. (And as we all know, computer programs write themselves.)

    So, can anyone here recommend a better place to go for up-to-the-minute headlines? I frequent this place, Taki's, VDARE, and a few other sites but none of these carries breaking news. Is RT worthwhile? The Daily Mail sometimes suffices but is given over mainly to silly celebrity updates and sensationalism. Any suggestions?

    Apologies for the digression.

    So, can anyone here recommend a better place to go for up-to-the-minute headlines?

    Unfortunately, no. When Reuters is not on a pro-1% tear, reuters.com is not super awful bad for domestic news (but still controlled by money). RT is still best for international news. Al-Jazeera is down-the-tubes.

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    When Reuters is not on a pro-1% tear, reuters.com is not super awful bad for domestic news (but still controlled by money). RT is still best for international news. Al-Jazeera is down-the-tubes.
     
    Agreed, and it's a shame about A-J. They were actually one of the sanest general-interest sources out there. Couldn't prove it by merkins, though.
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  35. Ron Unz says:
    @Kyle McKenna
    My compliments to Ron Unz as usual, coupled with some amazement at all he manages to do.

    A couple of stray thoughts. One, I have a vague feeling that I used another moniker a couple of years ago on this site, but can't remember what it might have been. Is there now a way of checking?

    And secondly, the issue of a chat function reminds me: this election cycle I've had to give up the MSM outlets I'm used to turning to for immediate world events, and this includes the Google News aggregator. Which, after all, pretty much collects 'approved' news and isn't remotely free of bias, though many believe it must be since it's run by a computer program. (And as we all know, computer programs write themselves.)

    So, can anyone here recommend a better place to go for up-to-the-minute headlines? I frequent this place, Taki's, VDARE, and a few other sites but none of these carries breaking news. Is RT worthwhile? The Daily Mail sometimes suffices but is given over mainly to silly celebrity updates and sensationalism. Any suggestions?

    Apologies for the digression.

    A couple of stray thoughts. One, I have a vague feeling that I used another moniker a couple of years ago on this site, but can’t remember what it might have been. Is there now a way of checking?

    Thanks—it’s very nice that at least some commenters are interested in their convenient access to all their old comments.

    A quick check showed that my filtering tools had located and merged a half-dozen of your short comments made under three different handles on 7/3/2014, so at least those very early comments should already be available in your commenting archive. In those sorts of small cases, I didn’t bother triggering an “AKA” string.

    On another matter, since several individuals brought up the idea of a “Chat” utility, maybe I’ll look into it.

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    A chat utility would be nice to have.

    You could also designate the columnists and some of the more responsible posters with moderator powers.
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    By the way, I have a couple questions.

    1. What do you think of the FBI reopening the e-mail investigation? I'm really happy to see this, but the timing is really strange.

    2. Do you think the polling is being deliberately manipulated? I ask that because it's remarkable how far apart polls are and how much they're swinging. For example, the ABC poll showed Trump behind 12 on Sunday and now he's only down by 2 today. Seems strange.

    Thanks
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  36. Old fogey says:

    This is just a simple “thank you” – especially for weeding out vulgar language.

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  37. @Kyle a
    Priss factor is just misunderstood.

    I don’t know if you’re serious or not, but I do recall reading some stuff by Priss Factor that was worth thinking about. I think a lot of trollers sometimes have stuff that is worth thinking about, even if they also post some junk.

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  38. This is a serious question (relatively speaking, I suppose). Last year I posted maybe ten comments under one handle, then didn’t post for a while. But it seems I had chosen a handle that had years before been used by someone else, who had multiple comments before seeming to drop out. I’m not certain what I am supposed to do given this “one handle” policy. I’ve been posting a bunch of stuff as Anonymous recently. If I choose a new handle, will I be somehow flagged as in violation of policy? But if I stick with my prior handle, how will I distinguish myself from the prior user of the name?

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    Last year I posted maybe ten comments under one handle, then didn’t post for a while. But it seems I had chosen a handle that had years before been used by someone else, who had multiple comments before seeming to drop out. I’m not certain what I am supposed to do given this “one handle” policy. I’ve been posting a bunch of stuff as Anonymous recently. If I choose a new handle, will I be somehow flagged as in violation of policy? But if I stick with my prior handle, how will I distinguish myself from the prior user of the name?
     
    No problem at all.

    If you just post a reply using your same email/IP, but under your new preferred handle, I'll gladly apply it to all your recent "Anonymous" comments. And if you'd like it applied to all your other comments under your older, conflicting handle, just include a link to one or more of those comments, so I can identity and merge them.

    I'm very glad to do this sort of thing for commenters who inadvertently chose conflicting handles, which is very different from commenters changing their handles all the time for improper reasons of disguise.
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  39. Thanks again, Ron — you’ve moved this forum’s functionality another step beyond any competitor out there. It’s a pleasure to use.

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  40. Yevardian says:

    An unrelated suggestion Mr. Unz, could you invite Dmitri Orlov to publish here? His subject matter and quality of writing fit quite neatly alongside columnists such as Israel Shamir, Akarlin and Saker.
    His book-sales have been quite successful for an independent publisher and he only currently writes for his own blog as far as I know.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitry_Orlov_(writer)

    https://cluborlov.blogspot.com.au/

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16057204-the-five-stages-of-collapse

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  41. KenH says:

    Some of the changes are welcome while I’m indifferent to a couple of the others. The liberal policy on comments is the primary attraction for most of us and I’ve enjoyed my exchanges and friendly debates with well meaning posters of all ideological stripes. Even some self styled conservative sites, one in particular, censors comments and bans posters if they don’t jibe with the webmaster’s opinions on certain topics which is lame.

    However, there does appear to be a small number of trolls and troublemakers, so maybe these changes will help address that problem.

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  42. JackOH says:

    Ron, is the occasional mention of how people “sell” UR to friends, neighbors, colleagues worth a separate section of some sort? I suspect not, but I don’t know any better.

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  43. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Maybe Unz.com should consider synergy.

    http://www.fulldinosaur.com/single-post/2016/1/8/Full-Hollywood-Episode-I-Synergy-and-Hollywoods-Upcoming-Movies-20162020

    Unz can create a superhero comic story of himself as champion of free thought.
    In these comic stories–featured on weekly basis on Unz.com–, Unz the caped crusader saves the victims of PC and beats up PC Monsters with horns, batwings, tusks, tentacles, and/or lizard tongues based on actual people like Paul Krugman, Thomas Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell, The Nasty Coates, Jann Wenner, John Bolton the Dolton.

    We create an entire myth of Unz-man. He is from another planet destroyed by PC asteroid and he uses his super power on earth to combat the forces of cosmic PC.

    And then, the synergy kicks into gear.
    Think of franchise potential.

    Unz-man t-shirts.
    Unz-man soup.
    Unz.-man soda.
    Unz-man ice cream.
    Unz-man lingerie(for the homos).

    And Unz and the new Fonz. Unzie or Unzarelli.

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  44. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Maybe Unz.com should try to be more international.

    Get more people involved from OTHER nations.

    Internet makes this possible.

    Pick a hot international topic about something happening in some neglected part of the world and somehow try to get people in that part of the world to contribute their opinions.

    As such voices are usually suppressed by MSM, it might make a bit of difference.

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  45. @Buzz Mohawk
    A little OT suggestion for Mr. Unz:

    Have you ever thought of adding some kind of news section to your Review? I mean a collection of bullet points with attached stories from around the world, the way Google does it, but without their bias.

    This would require a staff or assistant of some kind, I'm sure, but it would be a valuable service.

    I wish I could go somewhere on the net to find out what's happening without worrying that mainstream bias is leaving out things I'd like to know about. You already go far in solving this problem for me, but you don't really cover the events of the day or week the way a news service would.

    This is a lot to ask, but maybe it's something you would find worthwhile to pursue. It's just my dream. You see, I trust you.

    (If there is anywhere else I can go to get this, something that already exists, let me know.)

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    Have you tried

    http://qwiket.com/
    or
    http://qwiket.com/usconservative
     

    Interesting. Never heard of them before. Although I don't remotely fit into the R-L continuum, that's still a compelling source/aggregator from what I can tell.

    About a chat function, I think it's too much hassle to implement and maintain, both technically and socially. Private messaging might be welcome, though. I personally don't feel the need for either.

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  46. @Ron Unz

    A couple of stray thoughts. One, I have a vague feeling that I used another moniker a couple of years ago on this site, but can’t remember what it might have been. Is there now a way of checking?
     
    Thanks---it's very nice that at least some commenters are interested in their convenient access to all their old comments.

    A quick check showed that my filtering tools had located and merged a half-dozen of your short comments made under three different handles on 7/3/2014, so at least those very early comments should already be available in your commenting archive. In those sorts of small cases, I didn't bother triggering an "AKA" string.

    On another matter, since several individuals brought up the idea of a "Chat" utility, maybe I'll look into it.

    A chat utility would be nice to have.

    You could also designate the columnists and some of the more responsible posters with moderator powers.

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  47. @Ron Unz

    A couple of stray thoughts. One, I have a vague feeling that I used another moniker a couple of years ago on this site, but can’t remember what it might have been. Is there now a way of checking?
     
    Thanks---it's very nice that at least some commenters are interested in their convenient access to all their old comments.

    A quick check showed that my filtering tools had located and merged a half-dozen of your short comments made under three different handles on 7/3/2014, so at least those very early comments should already be available in your commenting archive. In those sorts of small cases, I didn't bother triggering an "AKA" string.

    On another matter, since several individuals brought up the idea of a "Chat" utility, maybe I'll look into it.

    By the way, I have a couple questions.

    1. What do you think of the FBI reopening the e-mail investigation? I’m really happy to see this, but the timing is really strange.

    2. Do you think the polling is being deliberately manipulated? I ask that because it’s remarkable how far apart polls are and how much they’re swinging. For example, the ABC poll showed Trump behind 12 on Sunday and now he’s only down by 2 today. Seems strange.

    Thanks

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    Regarding the FBI reversal and the national polling, I've been very preoccupied with software work so haven't been following the issues too closely, and don't really have anything insightful---or inciteful---of my own to add.
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  48. FKA Max says:

    This is a very, very minor improvement suggestion, Mr. Unz.

    I noticed, that when one scrolls downward on Mr. Khan’s blog http://www.unz.com/gnxp/ , there is, on the right-hand side, an untidy/broken-up StatCounter code. I don’t know if this problem is fixable?
    This is mostly an aesthetic improvement, and might just be a problem for compulsive-obsessive personality types like myself, and not bother anyone else.
    This is what it looks like on my computer screen:

    var sc_project=10501965;
    var sc_invisible=0;
    var sc_security=”f30ab467″;
    var scJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ?
    https://secure.” : “http://www.”);
    document.write(“”);

    I have not been a commenter on the Unz Review for very long, but I noticed, that since you declared war on the sockpuppeteers, that the website and the web community seems to feel more ordered and streamlined. The Tough Love approach you chose to deal with them, in my experience, is the best antidote against this type of behavior and personality.

    Many, many thanks from me too, for this great website and the outstanding commenting experience.

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  49. @John Jeremiah Smith

    So, can anyone here recommend a better place to go for up-to-the-minute headlines?
     
    Unfortunately, no. When Reuters is not on a pro-1% tear, reuters.com is not super awful bad for domestic news (but still controlled by money). RT is still best for international news. Al-Jazeera is down-the-tubes.

    When Reuters is not on a pro-1% tear, reuters.com is not super awful bad for domestic news (but still controlled by money). RT is still best for international news. Al-Jazeera is down-the-tubes.

    Agreed, and it’s a shame about A-J. They were actually one of the sanest general-interest sources out there. Couldn’t prove it by merkins, though.

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  50. @Almost Missouri
    Have you tried

    http://qwiket.com/

    or

    http://qwiket.com/usconservative

    ?

    Have you tried

    http://qwiket.com/

    or

    http://qwiket.com/usconservative

    Interesting. Never heard of them before. Although I don’t remotely fit into the R-L continuum, that’s still a compelling source/aggregator from what I can tell.

    About a chat function, I think it’s too much hassle to implement and maintain, both technically and socially. Private messaging might be welcome, though. I personally don’t feel the need for either.

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    About a chat function, I think it’s too much hassle to implement and maintain, both technically and socially.
     
    I can't agree that those are valid objections. When I was barely out of my teens I added chat to the blog I had then using Meebo. No muss, no fuss, no rough stuff.
    I added it on a whim and because I could--it was just another cool thing to clutter up the sidebar with, like world clocks, photo slideshows, weather bugs, flag counters and games. But it really transformed the blog and made it a friendly gathering spot for all sorts of people. It also transformed what I wrote about because I knew who was reading. I wasn't just shouting into the darkness anymore: there was a campfire and a circle of friends gathered round.
    Meebo's long gone, but there are other turn-key utilities available, should Mr. Unz not want to take a few minutes to write his own. (^_^) Most, incidentally, support private messaging, although, of course, the chat log is available to the webmaster and his minions.
    I suppose the main objection to adding a chat widget would be whether or not it helps achieve the objectives Mr. Unz has for this website. Only he knows that.
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  51. Whoever says:
    @Kyle McKenna

    Have you tried

    http://qwiket.com/
    or
    http://qwiket.com/usconservative
     

    Interesting. Never heard of them before. Although I don't remotely fit into the R-L continuum, that's still a compelling source/aggregator from what I can tell.

    About a chat function, I think it's too much hassle to implement and maintain, both technically and socially. Private messaging might be welcome, though. I personally don't feel the need for either.

    About a chat function, I think it’s too much hassle to implement and maintain, both technically and socially.

    I can’t agree that those are valid objections. When I was barely out of my teens I added chat to the blog I had then using Meebo. No muss, no fuss, no rough stuff.
    I added it on a whim and because I could–it was just another cool thing to clutter up the sidebar with, like world clocks, photo slideshows, weather bugs, flag counters and games. But it really transformed the blog and made it a friendly gathering spot for all sorts of people. It also transformed what I wrote about because I knew who was reading. I wasn’t just shouting into the darkness anymore: there was a campfire and a circle of friends gathered round.
    Meebo’s long gone, but there are other turn-key utilities available, should Mr. Unz not want to take a few minutes to write his own. (^_^) Most, incidentally, support private messaging, although, of course, the chat log is available to the webmaster and his minions.
    I suppose the main objection to adding a chat widget would be whether or not it helps achieve the objectives Mr. Unz has for this website. Only he knows that.

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    I suppose the main objection to adding a chat widget would be whether or not it helps achieve the objectives Mr. Unz has for this website. Only he knows that.
     
    Nope, not good. You think of "chat" as friends gathering to talk. There are bloggish applications where that works out, but too much of Unz configuration and platform creates antagonistic relationships. Don't think of that as a "bad" thing, because it isn't. Conflict leads to synthesis if the antagonists are intelligent and educated. There are "Ignore" functions that permit the intelligent and educated to exclude the unintelligent and uneducated -- another good thing. In this environment, "chat" will lead to the formation of factions, which are antithetical to resolution of conflicts.
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  52. Hacienda says:

    Thanks Ron for a zone of sanity and taste in the storm-tossed sea of the net.
    Your zig zag method functions as wave cancellation. Unique phenomenon.

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  53. John Jeremiah Smith [AKA "MCPO USN"] says:
    @Whoever

    About a chat function, I think it’s too much hassle to implement and maintain, both technically and socially.
     
    I can't agree that those are valid objections. When I was barely out of my teens I added chat to the blog I had then using Meebo. No muss, no fuss, no rough stuff.
    I added it on a whim and because I could--it was just another cool thing to clutter up the sidebar with, like world clocks, photo slideshows, weather bugs, flag counters and games. But it really transformed the blog and made it a friendly gathering spot for all sorts of people. It also transformed what I wrote about because I knew who was reading. I wasn't just shouting into the darkness anymore: there was a campfire and a circle of friends gathered round.
    Meebo's long gone, but there are other turn-key utilities available, should Mr. Unz not want to take a few minutes to write his own. (^_^) Most, incidentally, support private messaging, although, of course, the chat log is available to the webmaster and his minions.
    I suppose the main objection to adding a chat widget would be whether or not it helps achieve the objectives Mr. Unz has for this website. Only he knows that.

    I suppose the main objection to adding a chat widget would be whether or not it helps achieve the objectives Mr. Unz has for this website. Only he knows that.

    Nope, not good. You think of “chat” as friends gathering to talk. There are bloggish applications where that works out, but too much of Unz configuration and platform creates antagonistic relationships. Don’t think of that as a “bad” thing, because it isn’t. Conflict leads to synthesis if the antagonists are intelligent and educated. There are “Ignore” functions that permit the intelligent and educated to exclude the unintelligent and uneducated — another good thing. In this environment, “chat” will lead to the formation of factions, which are antithetical to resolution of conflicts.

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    You think of “chat” as friends gathering to talk.
     
    Yeah...

    bloggish applications
     
    Um...are you saying that, frex, Meebo didn't work on websites and only blogs?
    Really.

    Too much of Unz configuration and platform creates antagonistic relationships.
     
    Say what?

    “Chat” will lead to the formation of factions
     
    More likely to guys sharing links to celebrity camel toe.
    Anyways, dad said maybe he would look into it, so that's the name of that tune.
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  54. eah says:

    I agree the commenting feature here is very good — thanks for putting thought and effort into that — also for asking for the opinion of those who comment — it’s appreciated.

    Increasingly it’s interesting to post links to twitter posts as a comment, or as part of a comment — but I’ve noticed that sometimes that works out well, ie the tweet appears as you want, including any image(s), and other times it does not, ie just a link appears: no text, nothing else — is the reason for that known? — can anything easily be done about it?

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    Increasingly it’s interesting to post links to twitter posts as a comment, or as part of a comment — but I’ve noticed that sometimes that works out well, ie the tweet appears as you want, including any image(s), and other times it does not, ie just a link appears: no text, nothing else — is the reason for that known? — can anything easily be done about it?
     
    The problem is that expansion of numerous embedded Tweets or YouTube videos makes a comment-thread much slower and "heavier," and lots of threads already have those problems due to their hundreds of lengthy comments.

    Therefore, as a compromise, I've set the system to expand the first half-dozen comments with such inserts, and leave the remainder as the links they are.
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  55. Ron Unz says:
    @eah
    I agree the commenting feature here is very good -- thanks for putting thought and effort into that -- also for asking for the opinion of those who comment -- it's appreciated.

    Increasingly it's interesting to post links to twitter posts as a comment, or as part of a comment -- but I've noticed that sometimes that works out well, ie the tweet appears as you want, including any image(s), and other times it does not, ie just a link appears: no text, nothing else -- is the reason for that known? -- can anything easily be done about it?

    Increasingly it’s interesting to post links to twitter posts as a comment, or as part of a comment — but I’ve noticed that sometimes that works out well, ie the tweet appears as you want, including any image(s), and other times it does not, ie just a link appears: no text, nothing else — is the reason for that known? — can anything easily be done about it?

    The problem is that expansion of numerous embedded Tweets or YouTube videos makes a comment-thread much slower and “heavier,” and lots of threads already have those problems due to their hundreds of lengthy comments.

    Therefore, as a compromise, I’ve set the system to expand the first half-dozen comments with such inserts, and leave the remainder as the links they are.

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    The problem is that expansion of numerous embedded Tweets or YouTube videos makes a comment-thread much slower and “heavier,” and lots of threads already have those problems due to their hundreds of lengthy comments.

    Therefore, as a compromise, I’ve set the system to expand the first half-dozen comments with such inserts, and leave the remainder as the links they are.
     

    Mr. Unz,

    I noticed, that after you implemented the new changes, that videos started expanding on commenters' ''homepages,'' which was not the case before.

    For audio-visually inclined commenters like myself, who tend to share videos quite frequently, to bring across our points more convincingly, this slows down ''our homepages'' on the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=FKA+Max

    Maybe, you want to go back to not have video links expand at all or only have the first six videos expand on commenters' Unz Review ''homepages''?

    Because if guests visit ''our homepages'' it takes quite a while for them to load, especially, if they have a slow internet connection.

    Thank you.

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  56. Ace says:

    ** exceptionally erudite and persuasive **

    Thank you very much.

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  57. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    minor site issue: Neither of the standard methods of switching from mobile to desktop mode work last time I tried. There is no link to “desktop view” evident on the mobile page, and “request desktop mode” on mobile browser also does not work.

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    minor site issue: Neither of the standard methods of switching from mobile to desktop mode work last time I tried. There is no link to “desktop view” evident on the mobile page, and “request desktop mode” on mobile browser also does not work.
     
    Normally, the system defaults between Mobile and Desktop mode depending upon the size of the device. However, if you want to override these setting, go to the USER SETTINGS option in the MENU section in the top menu bar. That opens a popup window, with the top selection field being Version? Setting it to "Use Desktop" and then pressing the Save/Reload button should work---it always used to and still did on my device just now.
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  58. Whoever says:
    @John Jeremiah Smith

    I suppose the main objection to adding a chat widget would be whether or not it helps achieve the objectives Mr. Unz has for this website. Only he knows that.
     
    Nope, not good. You think of "chat" as friends gathering to talk. There are bloggish applications where that works out, but too much of Unz configuration and platform creates antagonistic relationships. Don't think of that as a "bad" thing, because it isn't. Conflict leads to synthesis if the antagonists are intelligent and educated. There are "Ignore" functions that permit the intelligent and educated to exclude the unintelligent and uneducated -- another good thing. In this environment, "chat" will lead to the formation of factions, which are antithetical to resolution of conflicts.

    You think of “chat” as friends gathering to talk.

    Yeah…

    bloggish applications

    Um…are you saying that, frex, Meebo didn’t work on websites and only blogs?
    Really.

    Too much of Unz configuration and platform creates antagonistic relationships.

    Say what?

    “Chat” will lead to the formation of factions

    More likely to guys sharing links to celebrity camel toe.
    Anyways, dad said maybe he would look into it, so that’s the name of that tune.

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  59. Ron Unz says:
    @BucephalusXYZ
    This is a serious question (relatively speaking, I suppose). Last year I posted maybe ten comments under one handle, then didn't post for a while. But it seems I had chosen a handle that had years before been used by someone else, who had multiple comments before seeming to drop out. I'm not certain what I am supposed to do given this "one handle" policy. I've been posting a bunch of stuff as Anonymous recently. If I choose a new handle, will I be somehow flagged as in violation of policy? But if I stick with my prior handle, how will I distinguish myself from the prior user of the name?

    Last year I posted maybe ten comments under one handle, then didn’t post for a while. But it seems I had chosen a handle that had years before been used by someone else, who had multiple comments before seeming to drop out. I’m not certain what I am supposed to do given this “one handle” policy. I’ve been posting a bunch of stuff as Anonymous recently. If I choose a new handle, will I be somehow flagged as in violation of policy? But if I stick with my prior handle, how will I distinguish myself from the prior user of the name?

    No problem at all.

    If you just post a reply using your same email/IP, but under your new preferred handle, I’ll gladly apply it to all your recent “Anonymous” comments. And if you’d like it applied to all your other comments under your older, conflicting handle, just include a link to one or more of those comments, so I can identity and merge them.

    I’m very glad to do this sort of thing for commenters who inadvertently chose conflicting handles, which is very different from commenters changing their handles all the time for improper reasons of disguise.

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    Mr. Unz,

    I chose my current handle 'SP' without realizing that 'SP' had been used before by someone commenting last on December 14, 2013 to an article by Steve Sailer
    http://www.unz.com/comments/isteve/oecd-warns-west-on-education-gaps/:

    My comments here began on September 14, 2016 to an article by the Saker:
    http://www.unz.com/comments/tsaker/the-911-truth-movement-15-years-later-where-do-we-stand/

    Therefore, I would like to change my handle from 'SP' to 'Sparkon' assuming no one has used that handle previously.

    In order to avoid confusion, I would prefer that all my previous posts would henceforth appear under this new handle.

    Thank you,
    SP, now known as Sparkon
    , @BucephalusXYZ
    I'm the original commenter (as Ron probably sees from my email and IP address).
    The first post under my prior handle was:
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/a-triumph-of-diversity/#comment-938441
    All 2015 posts as Bucephalus are mine, but not the prior ones.

    To avoid confusion, I'll go as BucephalusXYZ, and you can join the recent Anonymous posts with the 2015 Bucephalus posts under this new handle.

    And thanks for all your work on this website. I am coming to appreciate that your hands-on approach to tweaking the site, on many levels, is really making it better and better.
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  60. Ron Unz says:
    @Anon
    minor site issue: Neither of the standard methods of switching from mobile to desktop mode work last time I tried. There is no link to "desktop view" evident on the mobile page, and "request desktop mode" on mobile browser also does not work.

    minor site issue: Neither of the standard methods of switching from mobile to desktop mode work last time I tried. There is no link to “desktop view” evident on the mobile page, and “request desktop mode” on mobile browser also does not work.

    Normally, the system defaults between Mobile and Desktop mode depending upon the size of the device. However, if you want to override these setting, go to the USER SETTINGS option in the MENU section in the top menu bar. That opens a popup window, with the top selection field being Version? Setting it to “Use Desktop” and then pressing the Save/Reload button should work—it always used to and still did on my device just now.

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  61. Ron Unz says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    By the way, I have a couple questions.

    1. What do you think of the FBI reopening the e-mail investigation? I'm really happy to see this, but the timing is really strange.

    2. Do you think the polling is being deliberately manipulated? I ask that because it's remarkable how far apart polls are and how much they're swinging. For example, the ABC poll showed Trump behind 12 on Sunday and now he's only down by 2 today. Seems strange.

    Thanks

    Regarding the FBI reversal and the national polling, I’ve been very preoccupied with software work so haven’t been following the issues too closely, and don’t really have anything insightful—or inciteful—of my own to add.

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  62. Ron Unz says:

    SOFTWARE UPDATE: I just loaded a new version of the code to the server, incorporating a large number of relatively small enhancements and bug fixes from the last few days. Please let me know if you notice any new problems, though first try refreshing your browser to reload the updated Javascript and CSS style sheets.

    Among other things, some of these internal changes are intended to make the system more robust against huge waves of IP hits, though I can’t be sure how effectively they’ll work.

    Also, I put in a little more time and managed to locate and merge another 50-odd different Handles used by “Priss Factor” over the years, bringing the total to over 450. My goal is to reach 500 different handles, though I’m not sure I’ll get there…

    Incidentally, in second place for number of merged handles is that “Tiny Duck” troll, who has used at least 134 of them over the years…

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    "Also, I put in a little more time and managed to locate and merge another 50-odd different Handles used by “Priss Factor” over the years, bringing the total to over 450. My goal is to reach 500 different handles, though I’m not sure I’ll get there…"

    Kudos to Unz for smoking out this notorious troll.

    But the one simply called 'Andrea' can't be PF.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/tierney-on-millers-spent/#comment-249041

    No way PF ever bought coffee at Starbucks.

    PF sounds like the kind who drinks good simple honest coffee, not something called 'vente vanilla latte'.

    Also, the one with simple moniker of 'Andrea' has a different writing style.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/other-46-states-start-to-notice-sand/#comment-236046

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/do-neoclassical-free-market-economists/#comment-198188

    Also, PF's posts don't suggest an intimate knowledge of Florida and Miami.
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  63. Ivan K. says:

    the “Endorsed Only” button near the top of a comment-thread temporarily displays only those comments by CTF Commenters or those have Agrees, Disagrees, or LOLs, greatly reducing the chaff of a thread that may contain hundreds of items.

    It occurs to me that
    1. Worthwhile comments often come without Agrees
    2. Chaff often comes exactly with Disagrees
    3. The browser’s Ctrl+F feature carries us one directly from one Agreed/LOL comment to another.

    Exploring the Archives of a Particular Commenter

    That’s very welcome.

    The tabs at the top for comments under articles individual authors – I don’t know…
    Wendell Berry once wrote, I’ll paraphrase from memory,
    “Experience tells us that the best tools are those who do most with the simplest design.”

    When I look at interfaces, that’s my litmus test.

    Finally,
    I’m delighted by your engagement and readiness to help.
    Help to track individual commenters is great. It’s just that it may need more testing, thinking through, modifying.

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  64. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Ron Unz
    SOFTWARE UPDATE: I just loaded a new version of the code to the server, incorporating a large number of relatively small enhancements and bug fixes from the last few days. Please let me know if you notice any new problems, though first try refreshing your browser to reload the updated Javascript and CSS style sheets.

    Among other things, some of these internal changes are intended to make the system more robust against huge waves of IP hits, though I can't be sure how effectively they'll work.

    Also, I put in a little more time and managed to locate and merge another 50-odd different Handles used by "Priss Factor" over the years, bringing the total to over 450. My goal is to reach 500 different handles, though I'm not sure I'll get there...

    Incidentally, in second place for number of merged handles is that "Tiny Duck" troll, who has used at least 134 of them over the years...

    “Also, I put in a little more time and managed to locate and merge another 50-odd different Handles used by “Priss Factor” over the years, bringing the total to over 450. My goal is to reach 500 different handles, though I’m not sure I’ll get there…”

    Kudos to Unz for smoking out this notorious troll.

    But the one simply called ‘Andrea’ can’t be PF.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/tierney-on-millers-spent/#comment-249041

    No way PF ever bought coffee at Starbucks.

    PF sounds like the kind who drinks good simple honest coffee, not something called ‘vente vanilla latte’.

    Also, the one with simple moniker of ‘Andrea’ has a different writing style.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/other-46-states-start-to-notice-sand/#comment-236046

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/do-neoclassical-free-market-economists/#comment-198188

    Also, PF’s posts don’t suggest an intimate knowledge of Florida and Miami.

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    But the one simply called ‘Andrea’ can’t be PF...Also, the one with simple moniker of ‘Andrea’ has a different writing style...Also, PF’s posts don’t suggest an intimate knowledge of Florida and Miami.
     
    Very sharp eye, "Anon." I'd included too many of the "Andrea"s because I was careless with my filtering methods, and have now the removed all of them. I'll go back and take a closer look.

    http://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Andrea

    Incidentally, since you seem to be such a remarkable expert on the commenting history of "Priss Factor," feel free to provide any additional suggestions or corrections.
    , @Ron Unz
    Well, I went back and using my filtering tools more carefully, located 45 "Andrea"s that do indeed seem to be by "Priss Factor," merging them into the rest. Nearly all of them were in 2009-10, mixed in with a variety of other handles, and can be browsed here:

    http://www.unz.com/comments/all/2009/10/?commenterfilter=Priss+Factor&CommentOrder=ASC

    Eyeballing the comments, they all look reasonably appropriate in style and subject, but let me know if you think any are misplaced.
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  65. Sparkon [AKA "SP"] says:
    @Ron Unz

    Last year I posted maybe ten comments under one handle, then didn’t post for a while. But it seems I had chosen a handle that had years before been used by someone else, who had multiple comments before seeming to drop out. I’m not certain what I am supposed to do given this “one handle” policy. I’ve been posting a bunch of stuff as Anonymous recently. If I choose a new handle, will I be somehow flagged as in violation of policy? But if I stick with my prior handle, how will I distinguish myself from the prior user of the name?
     
    No problem at all.

    If you just post a reply using your same email/IP, but under your new preferred handle, I'll gladly apply it to all your recent "Anonymous" comments. And if you'd like it applied to all your other comments under your older, conflicting handle, just include a link to one or more of those comments, so I can identity and merge them.

    I'm very glad to do this sort of thing for commenters who inadvertently chose conflicting handles, which is very different from commenters changing their handles all the time for improper reasons of disguise.

    Mr. Unz,

    I chose my current handle ‘SP’ without realizing that ‘SP’ had been used before by someone commenting last on December 14, 2013 to an article by Steve Sailer

    http://www.unz.com/comments/isteve/oecd-warns-west-on-education-gaps/:

    My comments here began on September 14, 2016 to an article by the Saker:

    http://www.unz.com/comments/tsaker/the-911-truth-movement-15-years-later-where-do-we-stand/

    Therefore, I would like to change my handle from ‘SP’ to ‘Sparkon’ assuming no one has used that handle previously.

    In order to avoid confusion, I would prefer that all my previous posts would henceforth appear under this new handle.

    Thank you,
    SP, now known as Sparkon

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    Therefore, I would like to change my handle from ‘SP’ to ‘Sparkon’ assuming no one has used that handle previously.

    In order to avoid confusion, I would prefer that all my previous posts would henceforth appear under this new handle.
     
    Done. Your handle has now been switched to "Sparkon."

    http://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Sparkon

    This is *exactly* the sort of attitude I greatly appreciate from commenters...
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  66. Ron Unz says:
    @Sparkon
    Mr. Unz,

    I chose my current handle 'SP' without realizing that 'SP' had been used before by someone commenting last on December 14, 2013 to an article by Steve Sailer
    http://www.unz.com/comments/isteve/oecd-warns-west-on-education-gaps/:

    My comments here began on September 14, 2016 to an article by the Saker:
    http://www.unz.com/comments/tsaker/the-911-truth-movement-15-years-later-where-do-we-stand/

    Therefore, I would like to change my handle from 'SP' to 'Sparkon' assuming no one has used that handle previously.

    In order to avoid confusion, I would prefer that all my previous posts would henceforth appear under this new handle.

    Thank you,
    SP, now known as Sparkon

    Therefore, I would like to change my handle from ‘SP’ to ‘Sparkon’ assuming no one has used that handle previously.

    In order to avoid confusion, I would prefer that all my previous posts would henceforth appear under this new handle.

    Done. Your handle has now been switched to “Sparkon.”

    http://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Sparkon

    This is *exactly* the sort of attitude I greatly appreciate from commenters…

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  67. Ron Unz says:
    @Anon
    "Also, I put in a little more time and managed to locate and merge another 50-odd different Handles used by “Priss Factor” over the years, bringing the total to over 450. My goal is to reach 500 different handles, though I’m not sure I’ll get there…"

    Kudos to Unz for smoking out this notorious troll.

    But the one simply called 'Andrea' can't be PF.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/tierney-on-millers-spent/#comment-249041

    No way PF ever bought coffee at Starbucks.

    PF sounds like the kind who drinks good simple honest coffee, not something called 'vente vanilla latte'.

    Also, the one with simple moniker of 'Andrea' has a different writing style.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/other-46-states-start-to-notice-sand/#comment-236046

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/do-neoclassical-free-market-economists/#comment-198188

    Also, PF's posts don't suggest an intimate knowledge of Florida and Miami.

    But the one simply called ‘Andrea’ can’t be PF…Also, the one with simple moniker of ‘Andrea’ has a different writing style…Also, PF’s posts don’t suggest an intimate knowledge of Florida and Miami.

    Very sharp eye, “Anon.” I’d included too many of the “Andrea”s because I was careless with my filtering methods, and have now the removed all of them. I’ll go back and take a closer look.

    http://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Andrea

    Incidentally, since you seem to be such a remarkable expert on the commenting history of “Priss Factor,” feel free to provide any additional suggestions or corrections.

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  68. Ron Unz says:
    @Anon
    "Also, I put in a little more time and managed to locate and merge another 50-odd different Handles used by “Priss Factor” over the years, bringing the total to over 450. My goal is to reach 500 different handles, though I’m not sure I’ll get there…"

    Kudos to Unz for smoking out this notorious troll.

    But the one simply called 'Andrea' can't be PF.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/tierney-on-millers-spent/#comment-249041

    No way PF ever bought coffee at Starbucks.

    PF sounds like the kind who drinks good simple honest coffee, not something called 'vente vanilla latte'.

    Also, the one with simple moniker of 'Andrea' has a different writing style.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/other-46-states-start-to-notice-sand/#comment-236046

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/do-neoclassical-free-market-economists/#comment-198188

    Also, PF's posts don't suggest an intimate knowledge of Florida and Miami.

    Well, I went back and using my filtering tools more carefully, located 45 “Andrea”s that do indeed seem to be by “Priss Factor,” merging them into the rest. Nearly all of them were in 2009-10, mixed in with a variety of other handles, and can be browsed here:

    http://www.unz.com/comments/all/2009/10/?commenterfilter=Priss+Factor&CommentOrder=ASC

    Eyeballing the comments, they all look reasonably appropriate in style and subject, but let me know if you think any are misplaced.

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    That's a superb job. I think the problem has finally been resolved.

    The insidious and perfidious troll had been outed. It's like the scene where Carlo can no longer hide the truth.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vZx7yF_a7M

    We got the Prisster.

    Time to break out the champagne. And don't forget the canolis.
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  69. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Ron Unz
    Well, I went back and using my filtering tools more carefully, located 45 "Andrea"s that do indeed seem to be by "Priss Factor," merging them into the rest. Nearly all of them were in 2009-10, mixed in with a variety of other handles, and can be browsed here:

    http://www.unz.com/comments/all/2009/10/?commenterfilter=Priss+Factor&CommentOrder=ASC

    Eyeballing the comments, they all look reasonably appropriate in style and subject, but let me know if you think any are misplaced.

    That’s a superb job. I think the problem has finally been resolved.

    The insidious and perfidious troll had been outed. It’s like the scene where Carlo can no longer hide the truth.

    We got the Prisster.

    Time to break out the champagne. And don’t forget the canolis.

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  70. Mr Unz – why is the threshold on frequency-of-commenting so high, on being able to say ‘Agree’? I’m a ‘known commenter’, after all I got busted for trying to use a different handle (not to troll, but to keep ‘the cruncher’s body of text small enough to muddy its style being matched with that of my own – don’t forget that consideration).

    But what’s the big deal about limiting people’s ability to say ‘Agree’? Too many will do it? I do still see people saying effectively ‘Agree’ in responses. Still if that’s the reason and it’s needed for a higher-quality site, please take my whine as just that, venting.

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  71. iffen says:

    When applying Ignore Commenter to Anon and Anonymous, it seems to only work for that thread and will not carry over to subsequent threads.

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    When applying Ignore Commenter to Anon and Anonymous, it seems to only work for that thread and will not carry over to subsequent threads.
     
    I've noticed that same problem with commenters named "WhoDat" and "Whazzup!".

    Probably a programming error, Ron.
    , @Ron Unz

    When applying Ignore Commenter to Anon and Anonymous, it seems to only work for that thread and will not carry over to subsequent threads.
     
    I've fixed the IGNORE bug, and uploaded the new code to the server, so let me know if things now work, or if there are any remaining IGNORE or FOLLOW problems.
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  72. John Jeremiah Smith [AKA "MCPO USN"] says:
    @iffen
    When applying Ignore Commenter to Anon and Anonymous, it seems to only work for that thread and will not carry over to subsequent threads.

    When applying Ignore Commenter to Anon and Anonymous, it seems to only work for that thread and will not carry over to subsequent threads.

    I’ve noticed that same problem with commenters named “WhoDat” and “Whazzup!”.

    Probably a programming error, Ron.

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  73. Ron Unz says:
    @iffen
    When applying Ignore Commenter to Anon and Anonymous, it seems to only work for that thread and will not carry over to subsequent threads.

    When applying Ignore Commenter to Anon and Anonymous, it seems to only work for that thread and will not carry over to subsequent threads.

    I’ve fixed the IGNORE bug, and uploaded the new code to the server, so let me know if things now work, or if there are any remaining IGNORE or FOLLOW problems.

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  74. and I regard the heavy use of punctuation in handles as a serious distraction

    Just don’t uncouple my ligature, please. You need a trained surgeon for that.

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  75. @Ron Unz

    Last year I posted maybe ten comments under one handle, then didn’t post for a while. But it seems I had chosen a handle that had years before been used by someone else, who had multiple comments before seeming to drop out. I’m not certain what I am supposed to do given this “one handle” policy. I’ve been posting a bunch of stuff as Anonymous recently. If I choose a new handle, will I be somehow flagged as in violation of policy? But if I stick with my prior handle, how will I distinguish myself from the prior user of the name?
     
    No problem at all.

    If you just post a reply using your same email/IP, but under your new preferred handle, I'll gladly apply it to all your recent "Anonymous" comments. And if you'd like it applied to all your other comments under your older, conflicting handle, just include a link to one or more of those comments, so I can identity and merge them.

    I'm very glad to do this sort of thing for commenters who inadvertently chose conflicting handles, which is very different from commenters changing their handles all the time for improper reasons of disguise.

    I’m the original commenter (as Ron probably sees from my email and IP address).
    The first post under my prior handle was:

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/a-triumph-of-diversity/#comment-938441

    All 2015 posts as Bucephalus are mine, but not the prior ones.

    To avoid confusion, I’ll go as BucephalusXYZ, and you can join the recent Anonymous posts with the 2015 Bucephalus posts under this new handle.

    And thanks for all your work on this website. I am coming to appreciate that your hands-on approach to tweaking the site, on many levels, is really making it better and better.

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    To avoid confusion, I’ll go as BucephalusXYZ, and you can join the recent Anonymous posts with the 2015 Bucephalus posts under this new handle.
     
    Done. Fortunately, my processing tools make that sort of thing very easy.
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  76. Ron Unz says:
    @BucephalusXYZ
    I'm the original commenter (as Ron probably sees from my email and IP address).
    The first post under my prior handle was:
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/a-triumph-of-diversity/#comment-938441
    All 2015 posts as Bucephalus are mine, but not the prior ones.

    To avoid confusion, I'll go as BucephalusXYZ, and you can join the recent Anonymous posts with the 2015 Bucephalus posts under this new handle.

    And thanks for all your work on this website. I am coming to appreciate that your hands-on approach to tweaking the site, on many levels, is really making it better and better.

    To avoid confusion, I’ll go as BucephalusXYZ, and you can join the recent Anonymous posts with the 2015 Bucephalus posts under this new handle.

    Done. Fortunately, my processing tools make that sort of thing very easy.

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  77. FKA Max says:
    @Ron Unz

    Increasingly it’s interesting to post links to twitter posts as a comment, or as part of a comment — but I’ve noticed that sometimes that works out well, ie the tweet appears as you want, including any image(s), and other times it does not, ie just a link appears: no text, nothing else — is the reason for that known? — can anything easily be done about it?
     
    The problem is that expansion of numerous embedded Tweets or YouTube videos makes a comment-thread much slower and "heavier," and lots of threads already have those problems due to their hundreds of lengthy comments.

    Therefore, as a compromise, I've set the system to expand the first half-dozen comments with such inserts, and leave the remainder as the links they are.

    The problem is that expansion of numerous embedded Tweets or YouTube videos makes a comment-thread much slower and “heavier,” and lots of threads already have those problems due to their hundreds of lengthy comments.

    Therefore, as a compromise, I’ve set the system to expand the first half-dozen comments with such inserts, and leave the remainder as the links they are.

    Mr. Unz,

    I noticed, that after you implemented the new changes, that videos started expanding on commenters’ ”homepages,” which was not the case before.

    For audio-visually inclined commenters like myself, who tend to share videos quite frequently, to bring across our points more convincingly, this slows down ”our homepages” on the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=FKA+Max

    Maybe, you want to go back to not have video links expand at all or only have the first six videos expand on commenters’ Unz Review ”homepages”?

    Because if guests visit ”our homepages” it takes quite a while for them to load, especially, if they have a slow internet connection.

    Thank you.

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    Maybe, you want to go back to not have video links expand at all or only have the first six videos expand on commenters’ Unz Review ”homepages”?

    Because if guests visit ”our homepages” it takes quite a while for them to load, especially, if they have a slow internet connection.
     
    Thanks for letting me know. I changed it so the system only expands the first half-dozen comments with videos, and keeps the remainder as links. I'll put the changed code, including various other small fixes, on the Live server probably later tonight.

    That "heaviness" you noticed is exactly why I had to add the limited-expansion feature to the comment-threads of the regular articles.
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  78. Ron Unz says:
    @FKA Max

    The problem is that expansion of numerous embedded Tweets or YouTube videos makes a comment-thread much slower and “heavier,” and lots of threads already have those problems due to their hundreds of lengthy comments.

    Therefore, as a compromise, I’ve set the system to expand the first half-dozen comments with such inserts, and leave the remainder as the links they are.
     

    Mr. Unz,

    I noticed, that after you implemented the new changes, that videos started expanding on commenters' ''homepages,'' which was not the case before.

    For audio-visually inclined commenters like myself, who tend to share videos quite frequently, to bring across our points more convincingly, this slows down ''our homepages'' on the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=FKA+Max

    Maybe, you want to go back to not have video links expand at all or only have the first six videos expand on commenters' Unz Review ''homepages''?

    Because if guests visit ''our homepages'' it takes quite a while for them to load, especially, if they have a slow internet connection.

    Thank you.

    Maybe, you want to go back to not have video links expand at all or only have the first six videos expand on commenters’ Unz Review ”homepages”?

    Because if guests visit ”our homepages” it takes quite a while for them to load, especially, if they have a slow internet connection.

    Thanks for letting me know. I changed it so the system only expands the first half-dozen comments with videos, and keeps the remainder as links. I’ll put the changed code, including various other small fixes, on the Live server probably later tonight.

    That “heaviness” you noticed is exactly why I had to add the limited-expansion feature to the comment-threads of the regular articles.

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  79. anon says: • Disclaimer

    I’m new here and not quite computer savy.

    Why sometimes is impossible to publish reply comment to other commentators?

    My page gets refreshed after clicking on publish comment button , but with no any sign of new your comment’s awaiting moderator’s approval notice ?

    How do you post/embedd a picture?

    Thank you.

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    Just post a link, like so:

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81SEBRGTffL.jpg .

    The commenting software will change that to display the image if it's near the top of the comment section. It won't display if it's too far down, in order to stop the page from becoming image-heavy and slow-loading, but a link is just as good.

    If it's a picture of your own you may want to upload it to the internet first, maybe using imgur or instagram or some such.

    Don't know what to say about the non-issuing of notice. I guess you can generally assume your comment is going to be posted, and if a day passes and it hasn't you can try again or write our gracious host Mr. Unz.

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  80. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @anon
    I'm new here and not quite computer savy.

    Why sometimes is impossible to publish reply comment to other commentators?

    My page gets refreshed after clicking on publish comment button , but with no any sign of new your comment's awaiting moderator's approval notice ?

    How do you post/embedd a picture?

    Thank you.

    Just post a link, like so:
    .

    The commenting software will change that to display the image if it’s near the top of the comment section. It won’t display if it’s too far down, in order to stop the page from becoming image-heavy and slow-loading, but a link is just as good.

    If it’s a picture of your own you may want to upload it to the internet first, maybe using imgur or instagram or some such.

    Don’t know what to say about the non-issuing of notice. I guess you can generally assume your comment is going to be posted, and if a day passes and it hasn’t you can try again or write our gracious host Mr. Unz.

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  81. @Ron Unz

    Kudos to Ron Unz for ferreting out the loon, and let us hope he/she/it never returns.
     
    Thanks for the strong statement of support, "Anon." But I'd think that even "Priss Factor" would also find it useful to have his/her/its 1.5 million words of lengthy comments grouped together under a single handle, so as to be conveniently accessible, and organized by date and article author.

    I should have mentioned that "Priss Factor" also published a huge amount of commentary under "Anon" but it remains inaccessible under that other handle.

    Thanks for the strong statement of support, “Anon.”
    …..
    I should have mentioned that “Priss Factor” also published a huge amount of commentary under “Anon” but it remains inaccessible under that other handle.

    uuuhhh, I hate to tell you, but I think that was him just now (well 9 months back). It sure read like it would have been PF with that “shocked, shocked” bit.

    He was messing with you, and it was kinda funny at that!

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